Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata
Head and body length: approx. 125 - 135 cm, shoulder height: 70 - 80 cm
Males average 30 kg, females average 20 kg
Estimated at 1,100
Prefers alpine meadows, forested valleys and lower slopes in moutainous regions
Living on the edge. The Apinnine chamois has been to the very brink of extinction, as populations fell to a few dozens in the 1940s. It is a great leaper and runner, and extremely sure-footed; its hooves a hard on the outside and soft and elastic on the inside, with third and fourth toes that can spread up to 90 degrees to help on sleep slopes. Males make use of their marvelous horns, too, in defending their harems during breeding season. though numbers have climbed back thanks to strict protection, this species is still at risk due to low genetic variability and competition for food and space.